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  1. skybound13

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    Thanks for sharing that you haven’t had problems buying from the App Store, maybe I’ll get it from there after all. Another concern I might run into later as they upgrade the App Store is compatibility with my older operating system, I’d like to stay with High Sierra as long as I can. Funny, the thing that has been driving my operating system upgrades has been the tax software I use! :-) I’ve used Pages ’09 (version 4.0.1) for what little page layout work I need to do, I think I would enjoy Publisher. I wouldn’t know what to do with Design, I’ve never done vector drawing before. I thought this video was very cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMlJrYE8Xo0, for someone who knows nothing about vector illustration (me) it was very interesting to see the workflow and watch the artist develop a sketch into the refined final product. Looks like working on a pen display would be nice, I guess the iPad would give you the same experience but just a smaller working area.
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    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    I'm subscribed to the Affinity newsletter, they sent a notice yesterday that the 50% sale ends June 30, price for those in the US is $24.99 each. It's my intention to buy all three even though I don't have a use for graphics software now, I've been very impressed by a few review and tutorial videos I've watched. I'm torn between buying through the App Store (I have credit from gift cards so the purchase would not cost me cash out of my pocket) or direct from Serif (I do prefer to deal directly with companies when possible.) I've read some stories online of people having problems with upgrading applications purchased through the App Store, I'm thinking it's safer to buy from Serif.
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    My first response to this suggestion is that it’s a great idea, it’s nice to be informed. It can also generate excitement and anticipation for whatever is coming up. My only reservation would be if they can’t report progress as quickly as some people may want or expect (which may or may not be reasonable expectations.) Then people might start asking for more detailed explanations and then ADS is distracted from actually working on improvements to the software.
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    Tutorials??

    Justin Montoya made the first suggestion for a “framework” for consistency, then suggested we start with the simple GIF animations. Maybe the first step is to do the simply GIF animations for each feature and establish a template for each page (one feature per page.) By doing this the entire scope of tools and features for the manual will be established, then additional information can be added to each page within the constraints of the template. Maybe it is set up using some sort of Wikipedia-type interface where anyone can make edits. Maybe that wiki interface can be exported to PDF from time to time for those who would like to print it as Mike requested. Maybe I should be more definite in my suggestions. I guess ADS would be OK with adding something like this on the Support page. As for a template or “framework,” why not just use what ADS used in their PDF tutorials?
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    Tutorials??

    Putting the tutorials on the formz3D YouTube channel would be nice, it would be a convenient way for people who are looking at longer tutorial videos to find them. There for a while I was doing a little “lunch and learn” study where I’d watch through the videos in the “Discover formZ - tutorials” playlist while eating lunch, a new playlist with all the right-click videos would be a convenient reference. I prefer it when reference materials are included with an application (such as a PDF of a manual versus a help center that only works when online,) but in this case I’d suggest going with whatever takes less work.
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    Tutorials??

    Justin, Seems like something like this wouldn’t be too difficult to put together, it’s just takes time. With that in mind one has to ask who puts in that time, ADS or the users? So back to your comment that you’d like to see more tutorials, were you thinking that is something the developer should do? The vertical tool bar on the right is interesting. I remember at my first job everyone set up custom toolbars for AutoCAD, from time to time I had to work on someone else’s computer and it was always frustrating to try to find where they put the tools I needed to use. I finally worked around that by just learning the key commands. One day one of the principals commented about how he could always hear me typing away in the other room, I should have told him, “That’s the sound of productivity - I deserve a raise, don’t you think?” The other principal loved his custom “pick box” - it was huge. I had been doing something in a file then he asked me to close it so he could open it on his computer. A few minutes later he called me in and said he couldn’t find what I had been working on (I always did a Zoom Extents before saving a file.) So I go in to his office and looked at the screen for a few seconds then told him, “Move your pick box…”
  7. skybound13

    Tutorials??

    I’m not sure what Justin Montoya has in mind with the reference to “framework,” I interpreted it to mean “template.” Another form of tutorial is the “self-guided” tutorials that use a formZ file with scenes set up for each step, there are some of these in the Getting Started window, I thought these were helpful and a unique way to walk someone through learning the software.
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    Tutorials??

    Another option would be to have a short video for each step instead of a screen snapshot. I have watched lots of video tutorials and found many to be very helpful, such as the formZ 30-minute model which I thought was especially good. But there must still be some interest in printed learning materials (which would include a written tutorial posted to the forum,) case in point is the Affinity workbooks, they have one for each of their three applications, each book being offered for $49.99. But now that I think about it, just because their books are being “offered” doesn’t mean anyone’s buying them! :-)
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    Tutorials??

    When you guys think of “tutorial” are you thinking of a text tutorial with various steps typed out with some screenshots or a video uploaded to the forum? In my mind some things are so complex a video is probably the way to go, such as chris lund’s Coke bottle tutorials. Is it even possible to upload a video to the forum or would that be a link to a video somewhere else? As for a framework, especially if this is a text tutorial, I can imagine an outline something like: 1. Meaningful Tutorial Name 2. Description, something like, “In this tutorial you will learn how to create a revolved shape using such-and-such tools.” 3. List of the tools and features used. This could be included in the description but the point is to try to put keywords at the beginning so someone scrolling down a list can see it more easily. 4. Body of tutorial. Maybe the framework can include suggestions such as to use as least one graphic per step, to use a separate numbered step for each mouse or keyboard gesture, et cetera.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, Even writing something as small as an app seems very challenging to me. Too bad there’s not an app to manage those external pressures, figure that one out and your new job will be counting the money people will pay for that!
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, I understand now what you mean about putting in the “hard work” once by writing the script, that makes sense. From time to time I’ve wondered how complicated it must be to program an entire application from scratch, it’s complicated enough to design the interface (conceptually then graphically) but then to write the code to make it look and function right - that’s amazing.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, With a lot of tasks I like to learn how to do things the hard way before learning how to do it smarter, kind of like how we had to learn to read time on an analog clock before we were allowed to get a digital watch. That might involve purposefully doing something the hard way for a while even if I know a more efficient method, eventually I guess I feel like I have earned the privilege of moving on to the smart method. It also helps me learn to work under less-than-ideal conditions so that greater challenges down the line don’t seem quite as bad. And you’re right, those are good problems to solve, I’d rather complain about having too much to do than not enough to do.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, Sounds like you have truly taken “work smarter, not harder” to heart! If you’re looking for practice making tutorial videos maybe you could do something about scripting for more advanced users? Could even be a video with your top five favorite scripts if you want to keep it light.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, I agree, Matt Holewinski does a great job with his videos, he did the 30-Minute Model tutorial and several others. You have a point about how an interest in the topic makes the presentation less important. The greatest help from your videos for someone like me (a far less accomplished modeler) is that they are an introduction to more advanced modeling techniques and more importantly to see the workflow. Thanks for the offer to help with some tutorials, I would do that only after doing my very best to figure something out on my own - it pays to struggle a bit and try to find the answer myself, I usually learn something I wasn’t expecting to learn as I try to figure out how to do something else. Thanks for the link to the tips page, they actually invested a bit of time into that, there are a lot of topics. The people making scripts are like Jedi ninjas, when the application doesn’t do what they want they make it do it anyway! I guess it’s actually more like making the software do what they want, only more easily.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, The links now bring up the videos, thank you. I didn’t notice the “ums.” Makes me think of a YouTuber’s comment about wanting to redo an earlier instructional video because he kept saying, “And now I want you to…” before each step. I had already watched the video two or three times, I never noticed. If I were to do a video tutorial it would probably have things like “ums” also, I think it would be tough to script something like that. Some of the best instructional videos I’ve seen have used voice overs while the video shows them doing things, I guess that way they can keep redoing the audio until they get it right. They never sound like they’re actually reading a script though.
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    Tutorials??

    Chris, Thanks for the link. By the way, the video on this page works, but when I tried to go to the earlier videos in the original post YouTube was saying the videos were not available. But anyway, this Coke bottle model is beyond anything I’ve done, what with the small dimensions and fine detail, you definitely know what you’re doing. As for your tutorial-teaching skills, this most definitely does not fall into the category of “sucky,” not even close. I’m referring to quality of the content, I don’t really get too excited by the production “tricks” I see in many videos - animated logos, music, graphics/text on screen, screen-in-screen view of the person’s face as they talk, et cetera.
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    Thanks for the info on the ADS bug reporting process. Regarding how a report would be made so that other users can test it, I just checked the Blender forum and see they have a section dedicated to reporting bugs, I guess that is open to all forum users. Ilexsoft uses their “bugbase” but access is reserved for beta testers, at least it was when I was beta testing HighDesign 2014/2015. But these are the traditional (manual) bug reporting systems, not what you are proposing. You propose an interesting feature where other users could kind of “vote” to “upgrade” a bug so it becomes a higher priority and gets fixed sooner so the largest number of users are helped.
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    I don’t think this is stupid at all. Makes me think of the Mac OS feature where it asks to send a report to Apple when something crashes, except in what you describe the user is more active in noticing the bug (which doesn’t cause the application to crash and thereby prompt the automatic report) then reporting it. Opting in to this feature is the only way I would suggest it be implemented, that would respect a user’s decision to not be involved. I would participate in something like this with any application I use a lot as long as it wasn’t preventing me from getting my work done. What is the preferred method for reporting bugs to ADS now?
  19. Chris’ post is really good. For me the best parts are the ones with the asterisks, I’ll comment on two of them. Regarding the aging user base and how we have less time to play and experiment - that is so true in my own life. Like maybe 15 years ago I remember doing three whacked out designs in my own time (two residences and a downtown nightclub,) they were the coolest designs I’ve done and all three made nice additions to my portfolio. I’d love to do that sort of thing again but haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule. I read about YouTube tutorials on the forum and think, “Man, I’d love to do that…” but that is quickly followed by, “but I just don’t have the time with everything else going on.” I guess that’s an example of life getting in the way. Regarding predicting demise, that is definitely not helpful. One thing critics need to be aware of is their motives - to help or to harm. snow put it well in a post in the thread “Why form•z is not popular any more:“, “Criticism is fine, but constructive criticism is better.” Even then maybe critics should consider reserving highly critical comments to a private message sent directly to ADS.
  20. There are definitely some interesting comments in this thread. I admire Anwar’s courage to share a suggestion that would likely not be well received by some. I saw the original post before there were any replies and expected the first comment to be, “Them’s fightin’ werds!” :-) I have never seen any PC-only application that was so amazing that I would consider buying a Windows machine to run it. Trying to use Parallels is not an option, that would degrade my Mac! :-) Regarding the cross-platform “jack of all trades, master of none” comment, that concept doesn’t seem to be affecting countless other cross-platform applications that seem to be well designed/developed and very popular, not that popularity should be the goal. AsOne makes an excellent point about the importance of marketing.
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Do you think they’ll release a 9.1 beta first or just release it as a maintenance upgrade? Beta testing would not only be helpful to improve the quality of the final release but it would also be the first step of marketing a 9.1 release. Perhaps they could get their “What’s new in 9.1” YouTube video together during beta testing, that could be linked to the Facebook page when they announce the release. Maybe some images on Instagram showing what amazing things 9.1 can do. But don’t listen to me for suggestions on using social media for anything, that’s definitely not my thing, I don’t have any social media accounts. If they do a YouTube video my only suggestion would be to keep it short, 10:00 minutes at the longest - the “What’s New In form•Z v9” is a whopping 28:33 minutes long - that’s like 23:33 minutes too long for me! :-) Or if they absolutely must do a long video I’d suggest including chapter markers on the playback timeline so people can skip to what interests them.
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    Tutorials??

    I noticed this also. It’s great to be able to share works in progress and get comments from others but they’re not tutorials, perhaps a new “Works in Progress” forum category should be created? Being new to the formZ forum, I don’t know if there are administrators who are responsible for reviewing new posts and moving them to the appropriate category if needed.
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    1995 University exam

    AndyD, Your model and drawings are nice, I’d guess that your instructors were impressed. One thing I particularly like about your model is how you rendered it with the white color instead of trying to apply real materials, so basically it looks like a study model. I once saw a computer-generated model of a bass wood study model, that looked pretty cool. It did kind of give me a chuckle, the thought of modeling a model. But I would actually like to try that and put it on a model chipboard base with topo - maybe I’ll model a giant X-Acto knife and put it in the scene to add to the effect! :-) MiniCAD was the first CAD application I used when doing my own work, I liked it.
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    Looking for a new formZ companion

    Des, I, too, have noticed the lack of skill and/or desire to produce nice drawings. By “nice” I mean well drawn (such as effective use of lineweights, appropriate level of detail for the scale of the drawing) and well organized (placement of dimensions and notes,) both of which contribute to how easy the drawings are to read and use for construction. You are correct that the reflected ceiling plan should not be mirrored, plus there would not be any door or window openings unless they continue to the ceiling plane. Regarding manually drafting on translucent media, back in studio I did a few drawings on trace where I cut out a piece of trace to put behind the area of the drawing (such as the bounds of the floor plan) which made the drawing stand out from the surrounding field of the single layer of trace. I was wrapping boards with the trace so you’d see some of the color of the board through the trace. It’s kind of funny, my last year of architecture school I stopped using vellum and just used white trace, I think they were some of the best drawings I’ve done.
  25. I was about to say the same thing then I scrolled down and saw Des’ comment. But I’ll go ahead and say it anyway - very nice presentation! The sheet layout is clean, size and position of dimensions and notes looks good, rendering with a tone instead of monochrome makes the crane elements stand out nicely. As for “technical art,” I’ve seen this sort of thing a couple times. First was my optometrist who hung a framed copy of the architect’s plan for his space on the wall. The coolest example I’ve seen was a blueprint of an old service elevator that is in a building a client renovated. They found the drawing in the elevator pit during renovations, they framed it and put it in the elevator. It’s a small bit of the building’s history put on display, but sadly it’s probably slowly fading as it is exposed to light in the elevator, the darkness of the elevator pit helped keep it as nice as it was. But anyway, setz, whole point is that this layout is a very nice bit of work, good job.
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